OPI Products Removes Hazardous Ingredient from Nail Polish
At the urging of activists and consumers with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, OPI Products has reformulated its nail polish to remove the hazardous solvent toluene. The Campaign, founded by a coalition of advocacy groups in 2004, used mock beauty pageant protests, letters, meetings, and a national ad campaign to lobby OPI. funny cat pictures
Toluene, a solvent added to nail polish to make application smoother (and added to gasoline to increase octane ratings), is characterized as a "probable human carcinogen" by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and is on California�s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause reproductive and developmental deformities. funny pictures
Women's Voices for the Earth, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, is a feminist environmental justice organization that has created a "Compact for Safe Cosmetics." The compact has companies pledge to create products without using chemicals known or suspected to be harmful. They also released a report called "Glossed Over: Health Hazards Associated with Toxic Exposure in Nail Salons" that examines the health effects of toxic chemicals used daily by women nail technicians. The report notes that 95 percent of nail technicians are women and 38 percent of them are Vietnamese. The report outlines the problems these women face and offers recommendations to decrease health risks.
OPI, which does not test its product on animals, said that the amount of the chemicals in their products is well below EU and FDA standards, but acknowledged that removing them is a step in the right direction.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .